Taranaki photographers win gongs at Iris Awards
It really was a case of an eye for an eye.
Witt student Logan Hermanns' moody black and white photo of a horse in a paddock won him the highest accolade of six students whose work was judged at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) Iris Awards this month.
His entry was given a silver award to go with a bronze he collected and two bronze awards to fellow student Shari Gilbert.
There were also awards for experienced Taranaki photographers Adam Buckle and Chris Hill.
Buckle, a consistent winner at the annual awards since 2005, collected Taranaki's only gold and Hill was awarded a silver and three bronze awards.
A panel of five judges marked individual entries out of 100. Under the marking process gold awards go to those which collectively score over 89. The other marking levels are `professional standard' for a score of 60-69, bronze for 70-79 and silver for 80-89.
Hermanns, a 19-year-old former New Plymouth Boys High student who has been studying at Witt for two and half years said he was left speechless when it was announced he had picked up a silver.
And he revealed the picture represented his closest encounter with a horse.
"I've never got that close to a horse," he said.
"This one was at the end of our street. I didn't think much of it at the time I took the photograph, but when I went through the shots it really stood out to me."
Buckle, received a third gold bar toward his Fellow of the NZIPP - a level of distinction within the institute - with his latest awards. And they come just months after Buckle's success at the Photographic Society of New Zealand awards where he won the Maadi Cup - awarded to the top monochrome print in the open section.
In the latest awards he collected a gold and two silver awards in the creative category and a silver and three bronze awards in the landscape category.
Hill, who has tutored photography at Witt since 2002, said it was a bold decision for his students to enter the national awards given their studies only started in February.
To see two students collect silver and bronze awards and the other four – Bianca McPeake, Heather Mattock, Sharon Mace and David Burroughs – all rated at professional standard was an excellent result, he said.
"To have your work judged as being at professional quality by highly experienced photographers when you have only been studying for a matter of months is outstanding," he said.